Throughout this series, Pastor Don shows that Zechariah 2:8-11 is prophetically establishing a wealth conversion for the Church. He shows that God’s created glory is not something “secular” belonging to man, and that its riches and wealth still belongs to God to be used by His divine hand as a blessing for His people.
“Bless” comes from the Hebrew, בּרך bârak (baw-rak'), meaning, “to bestow a benefit upon.” The Hebrew meaning for “blessing – בּרכה berâkâh (ber-aw-kaw'), comes from the same root word, “barak,” but with the added idea of “a pool of benefits, implying prosperity.” The word, “liberal” is also found in the meaning of “and you will be a blessing.” God says he will singularly “bestow a benefit upon” Abram, and it will develop into a “pool of benefits, i.e wealth, prosperity” from which Abram will be able to be liberal to others.
THIS MAKES WEALTH A SACRED THING because it is derived, not from good fortune, but from a blessing from God.
Why do I say that wealth is a sacred thing? Because in scripture it belongs to God:
Haggai 2:6-8 LITV ‘For so says Jehovah of Hosts: Yet once, it is a little while, and I will shake the heavens and the earth and the sea and the dry land. (7) And I will shake all the nations; and the desire of all nations shall come. And I will fill this house with glory, says Jehovah of Hosts. (8) The silver is Mine, and the gold is Mine, says Jehovah of Hosts.’
The Amplified Bible clearly identifies the Church to be the “successor” of this great promise:
Haggai 2:9 AMP “The glory of this latter house [with its successor, to which Jesus came] shall be greater than the former, says the Lord of hosts; and in this place will I give peace and prosperity, says the Lord of hosts.
Pastor Don clearly identifies the travesty of the plunder of God’s resources by contrasting two areas of scripture. First he shares God’s plan for the labor and wages of His people, showing that this blessing is a sacred thing:
Ecclesiastes 2:24-26; 5:18-19 KJV “There is nothing better for a man, than that he should eat and drink, and that he should make his soul enjoy good in his labour. This also I saw, that it was from the hand of God. (25) For who can eat, or who else can hasten hereunto, more than I? (26) For God giveth to a man that is good in his sight wisdom, and knowledge, and joy: but to the sinner he giveth travail, to gather and to heap up, that he may give to him that is good before God… Behold that which I have seen: it is good and comely for one to eat and to drink, and to enjoy the good of all his labour that he taketh under the sun all the days of his life, which God giveth him: for it is his portion. (19) Every man also to whom God hath given riches and wealth, and hath given him power to eat thereof, and to take his portion, and to rejoice in his labour; this is the gift of God.”
Then he contrasts the above with this reality given by the Apostle James:
James 5:1-4 KJV “Go to now, ye rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you. (2) Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are motheaten. (3) Your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire. Ye have heaped treasure together for the last days. (4) Behold, the hire [wages] of the laborers who have reaped down your fields, which is of you kept back by fraud, cries: and the cries of them which have reaped are entered into the ears of the Lord of sabaoth (Greek Transliterated Hebrew: Jehovah Tsaba).”
Pastor Don surmises, “If the wealth of the world were not held by God to be a sacred thing, belonging to Him to be a blessing to those to whom He wishes to have it, then we would not see the contrast found in the above two passages of scripture. Clearly in the first, God declares it to be a blessing from the Him to those who are “good before God,” but in the second those who should be receive “their portion” of God’s wealth, are “crying” because their wages are being defrauded by the wicked rich.
God, who established throughout scripture that His “created glory,” the wealth of the earth, is sacred to Him to be used for blessings for His people, will see to it that it comes to its appropriate end:
Proverbs 13:22 AMP “…the wealth of the sinner [finds its way eventually] into the hands of the righteous, for whom it was laid up.”
Clearly the scripture addresses the wealth of the earth as a sacred thing to God.
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